Saturday, April 27, 2013

:: A Favorite Thing- Everything but the Kitchen Sink::

Last week I showed you the down and dirty part of my kitchen sink...the scary underside.

So I thought, this week, I'd show you my favorite part about my kitchen sink... the cottagey pretty side!

It is the window!
Seriously, when we decided, over 17 years ago, to move to the country we sat down and made the list of things we wanted in a house; one of the first things on my list was a window over the kitchen sink.

Sure, we had other things on the list. 
He wanted a garage...he settled for a barn
I wanted 3 bedrooms. Check!
I also wanted 2 bathrooms. We settled for 1...and believe me raising 5 kids in our house with one bathroom...wasn't easy at times. But... I got my window and my house in the country! 

A place to raise our 4 kids...his daughter came to live with us after we moved here. She hated it. 
...But we're not talking about that right now. 

Right now, we're talking about my kitchen sink and window! 

From here, while I'm SOFTENING MY HANDS AND DOING THE DISHES,  I can see the Oak tree, that used to be barely big enough for shade. It has grown quite big now, and makes a nice place to drag a lawn chair and sip a glass of tea. 

A couple of pretty things on the window ledge. 
One being a gravy boat. 
I bought this gravy boat because it was WHITE AND CHIPPY; and I bought it with one thing in mind...

A pretty place to set my drain plugs. I know... Kookie... right?  But isn't it pretty!? 
A dainty dish for an everyday item. 
And the smiley face rock.  My step daughter brought that to me years ago...a gift, she'd made at school. :) For my cottagey country window. 

The other dish... and ARNEL'S pitcher. It is chipped and broken, also. But I don't care. I bought it at a thrift store years ago...for the pretty green color. The handle was broken and glued back on, but I liked it. I keep my scrubbers in there and in the Kerr™ quilt patterned jar, I keep twisties from the bread bags! Do you keep those little things? I do, I use them for so many things! 

One of the favorite things I can see and smell from my kitchen window... This rose bush! It is blooming like crazy out there and when the wind blows just right, it smells divine!
Growing up, Our kitchen window in that house opened up and you could see from the kitchen sink...a cow pasture; and you could also see the yellow and white blooms and smell the sweet fragrance of Honey Suckle.

In my married years, I've not had many houses with windows over the kitchen sink. Growing up with one, I'm fairly certain is part of the reason for this MUST HAVE for me in this house.

A few weeks ago... I shared some of the vintage potholders I've collected some of the more recent ones I purchased. I didn't know what to do with them.

Several of you suggested that I create a banner of sorts with them. But where?

I put them over my sink! 
Something else pretty to look at while I'm SOFTENING MY HANDS... WHILE DOING THE DISHES!
I had already had a few pinned to the curtain, so I took them down and washed them all at the same time and created this little clothes line and hung them back there.

I guess I've shown you all around the sink. I've shown the view from my sink, the dainty dishes at my sink; I've talked about the wonderful smells at my kitchen sink and I've shown  you my collection of potholders above my sink. 
The only think I haven't shown you in this post... 
Is the sink! 

I think I might have shown it to you before. It's nothing special really. Just a sink. But to stand there and gaze out the window, that is my favorite thing! 


Let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. 
 ~Galatians 6:9



Faith said...

You know we are kindred spirits with the crochet potholder thing going on..and I admit...
I have window/yard envy.. I have a window over my sink, with a very narrow sill, when I'm softening my hands I'm look at old brick house next door about 12' you can see why I have the window envy. Yours is beautiful, and what a view..Thank you for help keeping the dream alive....:)

My Repurposed Life said...

I have had a window over my kitchen sink for 37 years. I think it is a MUST. Why would anyone want to stare at a wall while they wash dishes?
Nice view you have out that window Patricia. I have a fish pond, and a big ole tree... with a birdbath and to watch all of the birds and squirrels as they go about their business. :)


Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

I love your kitchen window! It's funny, because I wrote about my kitchen window as being a favorite thing too!! Only mine doesn't look out on the world as yours does! Love the gravy boat and the cute pitcher -- I like using vintage pretties to hold all manner of things, and yes, I do keep the twist-ties!!
I'm a new follower too :)

Diane said...

I grew up with a window over the sink (and no dishwasher) and have the same set-up now. In between, I had apartment kitchens with no kitchen windows at all. Hated it. Your view is much better than mine however!!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

What a blessing to have a sink to look out while you soften your hands and do the dishes. I have to abandon my dishes to look out my kitchen window. I have often contemplated remodeling my kitchen so the sink was overlooking the window, but that is not to be. So I put my elbows on the window sill, my chin in my hands and gaze out there all the time. Sometimes you just have to make do. I enjoyed your kitchen sink post and your banner!

Claudia said...

Everything about your window and the view and your window coverings and display is wonderful! i absolutely agree about a window over the kitchen sink. We have one, too, and I look at the view all the time - I watch the birds and the bunnies and I love it.

Thanks so much for joining in this week!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I can see why you love this so much. That view and the fun things you've collected make it very special.

I'm dropping by from Claudia's party, and I'm so glad I did!


Sheila :-)

Sandy said...

Your so right about the kitchen window over
the sink.. mine is such a pleasure. I even
invented a floating shelf with macrame twine
and three long pieces of glass. They hold
my cuttings and favorite things... it also
is my alarm if anyone wants to break in the
window.. all the glass will come tumbling down
into the sink and surly wake me up...
Nice post

Cindy said...

It's really nice to have a kitchen window over your sink, isn't it. I don't have one over it, but I can kind of see out the window in the eating area and if I turn sideways I can see out the other window. My sink is in my breakfast bar.
It was fun to see the pretties that you have on the window sill, and I LOVE what you've done with the pot-holders! That is a great idea to put it up like a clothes line. I like that a lot~!
Have a wonderful Sunday, dear Pat.
Hugs, Cindy

Maureen Wyatt said...

My kitchen window view takes in an old country church with graveyard and a river. It is absolutely my favourite thing about this house. You were so right to hold firm to your wish for a window over the sink! said...

Your curtain and trimmings are adorable. I have a double window over my kitchen sink, but no roses planted in this area. I do though enjoy my view of my little raised bed gardens. My roses too are in bloom elsewhere in my yard and a plant that grows well in South Texas!

20 North Ora said...

I also have a window over my kitchen sink and love looking out it. To see the dogwood and redbud trees in bloom just make my day.


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for your visit and your kind words about my little patio!!

I LOVE the view from your Kitchen sink and all your pretties around it!! And to have the smell of roses wafting into your Kitchen must be divine!!

Lucky you!!


Revi said...

I miss having a window over my sink...